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The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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I'm just super impressed that they made it through Safari Zone, democracy or no democracy.

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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I'll respond to the link by quoting a commenter on the article:

 

"So, a survey (not a study) of a fairly small and very possibly unrepresentative section of the population (most likely visitors to the voucher website that got a pop-up perhaps offering some kind of deal for completing). Add to that the structure of ticking three definition options, and that makes it also likely more than one just wanted to get through it and ticked random boxes to skip through. That aside, also acronyms can be genuinely confusing with one acronym meaning more than one thing, some, like SEO are industry insider terms and that "STD" has not been used in many years in medical terminology (it's now STI). So the question is it journalism by press release, which handily promotes the site involved or was it that going "silly people" and hang the details was better?So, a survey (not a study) of a fairly small and very possibly unrepresentative section of the population (most likely visitors to the voucher website that got a pop-up perhaps offering some kind of deal for completing). Add to that the structure of ticking three definition options, and that makes it also likely more than one just wanted to get through it and ticked random boxes to skip through. That aside, also acronyms can be genuinely confusing with one acronym meaning more than one thing, some, like SEO are industry insider terms and that "STD" has not been used in many years in medical terminology (it's now STI). So the question is it journalism by press release, which handily promotes the site involved or was it that going "silly people" and hang the details was better?So, a survey (not a study) of a fairly small and very possibly unrepresentative section of the population (most likely visitors to the voucher website that got a pop-up perhaps offering some kind of deal for completing). Add to that the structure of ticking three definition options, and that makes it also likely more than one just wanted to get through it and ticked random boxes to skip through. That aside, also acronyms can be genuinely confusing with one acronym meaning more than one thing, some, like SEO are industry insider terms and that "STD" has not been used in many years in medical terminology (it's now STI). So the question is it journalism by press release, which handily promotes the site involved or was it that going "silly people" and hang the details was better?So, a survey (not a study) of a fairly small and very possibly unrepresentative section of the population (most likely visitors to the voucher website that got a pop-up perhaps offering some kind of deal for completing). Add to that the structure of ticking three definition options, and that makes it also likely more than one just wanted to get through it and ticked random boxes to skip through. That aside, also acronyms can be genuinely confusing with one acronym meaning more than one thing, some, like SEO are industry insider terms and that "STD" has not been used in many years in medical terminology (it's now STI). So the question is it journalism by press release, which handily promotes the site involved or was it that going "silly people" and hang the details was better?"

 

 

I didn't know the meaning of SEO either, and I'm quite savvy.

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... still thought a bad night = STD.

That depends on your frame of reference. :lol:

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I was about to jump on @WB too - then I saw this:  gullible

 

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Speaking of gullible - I saw an article the other day claiming that an onion, left uncut but in your bedroom, can soak up all "flu bacteria," turn black, and keep you from getting sick.

 

I don't even know where to start...

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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Now that I believe.  The scent of an onion is pretty strong.  But not magical enough to turn a flu virus into a bacteria....

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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Slightly related, but probably worth a shot —at least more so than the onion trick: I read once that a clove of garlic underneath the pillow relieves symptoms of flu. Never actually tried it because I was afraid of the smell sticking to my sheets ...

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The flu jab is one sure fire way of avoiding the flu ... 

Does the flu jab actually give you flu, then it is up to your immune system to fight it off and build an....erm.....Immunity against it ? (I may be wrong)

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Does the flu jab actually give you flu, then it is up to your immune system to fight it off and build an....erm.....Immunity against it ? (I may be wrong)

 

It gives you what's known as an "attenuated" (i.e. "dead")* virus.  Your immune system learns how to fight the real stuff from the attenuated forms.  You cannot get the flu from a flu vaccine.

 

As Welshy says, the vaccine will protect you against the 3-4 strains of the virus that are expected to be the most virulent in that flu season.  When the H1N1 strain of the virus was a big deal a few years back, it was because the vaccines they released didn't include that strain because it wasn't expected to be a big problem.  That's why they had to give a separate H1N1 vaccine.

 

Regarding naturopathy/homeopathy: natural foods and seeds have a lot of properties that can help immensely.  Garlic in particular is great, as several people have noticed.  But realize that you need to take claims of "miracle cures" et al with a huge grain of salt; things that don't make sense (like diluting things a billion times or just having them in the room with you without consuming them) probably don't make sense because they're wrong.  People want "Big Pharma" to be EVIL, and they do things that are evil for sure, but the reason they exist is that the drugs they make work, and tend to work better than anything you can get in the "natural medicines" or "nature's farmacy" stores.

 

Yeah, so I used to be a pharmacy technician.  The pharmacist and I had tons of discussions about that sort of thing.

 

 

 

*The reason I put "dead" in quotes is because viruses are not technically ever alive, and thus cannot really be said to be dead.  That's why they use the word "attenuated," or sometimes "inactivated."

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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